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    Sale 11898

    Exceptional Sale

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 16

    A RENAISSANCE-STYLE JEWELED AND ENAMELED GOLD-MOUNTED ROCK-CRYSTAL BOWL

    ATTRIBUTED TO REINHOLD VASTERS, AACHEN, CIRCA 1870

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    A RENAISSANCE-STYLE JEWELED AND ENAMELED GOLD-MOUNTED ROCK-CRYSTAL BOWL
    ATTRIBUTED TO REINHOLD VASTERS, AACHEN, CIRCA 1870
    The double-spouted rock-crystal body carved in the Milanese style with mythological scenes, on circular spreading gold foot enameled with bands of strapwork and set with ruby collets, the richly decorated jeweled swing handle formed as reversed caryatid figures and scrolls, the baluster center with entwined serpent ring finial, with brass-bound oak and velvet-lined storage case, the top with brass plaque inscribed 'Piece en Cristal de roche avec anse' and label printed 'ER/65 5-3'
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) high


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    The present bowl is extremely interesting in that the inspiration for the handle is clearly taken from a magnificent 16th-century example, formerly in the collection of Louis XIV and now in the Louvre Museum, Paris, illustrated here.

    Vasters designed two other similar bowls with bail handles, both now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. One of these was bequeathed by Robert Altman and the other is from the Robert Lehman Collection. The designs for both mounts are recorded among the Vasters drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. It has been suggested that the carving of the rock-crystal itself of these bowls is Milanese, 16th century (Y. Hackenbroch, "Reinhold Vasters, Goldsmith," Metropolitan Museum Journal, vol. 19-20, 1984-5, pp. 195-8, figs. 62-6 and 68-9).

    Vasters's involvement with this piece is further indicated by the black and white enameled band around the stem, which is very close to the border of the rock-crystal cup and cover for which Vasters's designs exist. Similar mounts are also found on Vasters's shell-shaped rock-crystal cup formerly in the Benjamin Altman Collection and now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1913, 14. 40. 655).

    Provenance

    Baron Alphonse de Rothschild (1827-1905), Paris.
    Baron Edouard de Rothschild (1868-1949), Paris.
    Confiscated from the above following the Nazi occupation of Paris by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg after May 1940 and transferred to the Jeu de Paume (ERR no. R 4856).
    Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild (1914-1999), Tel Aviv, sold
    Christie's, London, 14 December 2000, lot 70.

    Rothschild inventory no. E. de R. 290.


    Literature

    F. Rossi, Italian Jeweled Arts, London, 1957, pl. LXXI.